How to choose a nail file for manicure?!


A nail file is an indispensable manicure tool for every girl, and not just for a manicurist. It performs several functions at once: with a nail file, you can remove the length of the nail plate, shape the nails, polish them to a shine, lift the nail scales to improve adhesion between the artificial coating and the nail.

But when choosing such a simple, at first glance, tool, several questions arise at once:

  • what material is better to choose a nail file?

  • what is abrasiveness and grits? What are they talking about?

  • saw blade shape. What is it for and what is it for?

Well, let’s figure it out.

The first thing we encounter when choosing a nail file is the material from which it is made.

Disposable files

Such nail files are made of foam or multilayer cardboard. Top covered with the smallest Teflon, quartz or granite chips. Disposable files are ideal for manicure masters, beauty salons. From the name it becomes clear that they can only be used once. In extreme cases, you can have a separate nail file for each client. Such files are not subject to washing and sterilization; they deteriorate from moisture and high temperature. But they have a low cost, so one-time use is fully justified.

Files on a wooden base

Files on a wooden base are designed for pedicure. The base is rigid, so the files do not bend. They are also lightweight and very easy to use. The abrasive is held in place by the adhesive. Such files can be disinfected, so they can be used for individual use many times.

Abrasiveness of nail files

In other words, abrasiveness is the hardness of the files, which is measured in grits. The more grit — the softer the nail file, the less grit — the harder it is. This indicator is usually indicated on the surface of the file or on the packaging. Quite often there are files with two numbers, for example, 240/180. This means that one side of the file is softer and the other side is harder.

Abrasiveness of files for artificial nails

80-150 grit — hard files for artificial nails. These files are ONLY suitable for working with artificial nails. They can easily handle gel, acrylic, tips. It is not recommended to work with hard files on the natural nail plate.

Abrasiveness of files for extended and natural nails

150-240 grit — nail files of medium hardness. These files are suitable for shaping and processing the length of the natural nail plate, as well as for processing extended nails.

Abrasiveness of files for preparing the nail plate

240-800 grit — buffs and grinders. Used to prepare the nail plate for artificial coating or nail extension. They gently lift the scales of the nail plate, thereby improving the adhesion between the nail and the artificial material. Also allow you to remove the gloss and unevenness of the nail plate

Rules for processing nails with a file

In order not to harm the nail plate and the skin around it, you must follow a few simple rules:

  • Do not file your nails immediately after taking a bath or shower. Wait for the nail plate to dry!

  • Work with a nail file in one direction from the edge of the nail to the center. Avoid movements in different directions, as well as a sharp impact.

  • Use only personal tools. Do not lend it to friends or relatives to minimize the chance of infection.

  • Now you understand the abrasiveness of nail files. Use the one that suits your particular case.

  • Do buffing.

  • Polish the nail plate no more than once a week.

  • After treating nails and skin, use a moisturizing or nourishing cream.


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